[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 166 (Tuesday, August 27, 2013)]
[Pages 52986-52987]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-20894]



Notice of Information Collection

AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
    Notice: (13-090).

ACTION: Notice of information collection.


SUMMARY: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as part of 
its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, 
invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this 
opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information 
collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. 
L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).

DATES: All comments should be submitted within 60 calendar days from 
the date of this publication.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on 
the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street 
NW., Washington, DC 20503. Attention: Desk Officer for the Office of 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions 
should be directed to Frances Teel, NASA Clearance Officer, NASA 
Headquarters, 300 E Street SW., JF000, Washington, DC 20546, 
[email protected].


I. Abstract

    This collection of information supports the National Aeronautics 
and Space Act of 1958, as amended, to create opportunities to improve 
processes associated with the evaluation and selection of individuals 
to participate in the NASA Astronaut Candidate Selection Program. The 
NASA Astronaut Selection Office (ASO) located at the Lyndon B. Johnson 
Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas is responsible for selecting 
astronauts for the various United States Space Exploration programs. In 
evaluating an applicant for the Astronaut Candidate Program, it is 
important that the ASO have the benefit of qualitative and quantitative 
information and recommendations from persons who have been directly 
associated with the applicant over the course of their career.
    This information will be used by the NASA ASO and Human Resources 
(HR) personnel, during the candidate selection process (approx. 2 year 
duration), to gain insight into the candidates' work ethic and 
professionalism as demonstrated in previous related employment 
activities. Respondents may include the astronaut candidate's previous 
employer(s)/direct-reporting manager, as well as co-workers and other 
references provided by the candidate.

II. Method of Collection

    Electronic and optionally by paper

III. Data

    Title: NASA Astronaut Candidate Selection (ASCAN) Qualifications 
    OMB Number: 2700-XXXX.
    Type of review: Existing Collection without OMB Approval.
    Affected Public: Individuals.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,250.
    Estimated Time per Response: 0.33 hours (20 minutes).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 750.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $50,805.00.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
NASA, including whether the information collected has practical 
utility; (2) the accuracy of NASA's estimate of the burden (including 
hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (3) ways to 
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and (4) ways to minimize the

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burden of the collection of information on respondents, including 
automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of 
information technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection. They will also become a matter of public record.

Frances Teel,
NASA PRA Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-20894 Filed 8-26-13; 8:45 am]